Arts

Heritage Prairie Farm to host annual Artisan Craft and Food Fair

The sixth annual Artisan Craft and Food Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, and Sunday, Nov. 16...


Chit Chat: Elgin native wins Emmy for work on ‘Shark Tank’

Elgin native Heather M. Dreiling’s work is seen by millions of television viewers a week.


Fine Line to stage Uncommon Threads fashion show

Uncommon Threads, Fine Line Creative Arts Center’s 28th annual fashion show...


On-som' bel event showcases unique art for a good cause

BATAVIA – The multicolored wig Lauren Schmidt wore on Saturday added about three feet to her five-foot, six-inch frame, but surprisingly it did not weigh her down.


Liberating literature: Banned Books Week celebrates freedom to read

Since 1982, Banned Books Week, which runs through Saturday, Sept. 27, has reminded ...


Art, fashion join in Water Street Studios’ fundraiser

Those who attend Water Street Studios’ third annual on-som’ bel fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 27, will see how fashion and art interact.


Top 10 most challenged books of 2013

The following are the 10 most challenged titles of 2013 and the reasons they were challenged, according to bannedbooksweek.org:

Marmion Academy educator weighs in on Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week reminds Americans about their freedom to read, and – every year – educators, librarians, book sellers, writers and readers come together to celebrate that freedom. Banned Books Week, celebrating its 32nd year, runs from Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 27.

Art, music in the spotlight at Art in Your Eye

BATAVIA - The first thing one might notice in looking at one of Pamela Hamilton's portraits is the intensity of her subject's eyes.


Planit 5: Things to do in and around Kane County

1. Casey's Safe Haven 'Down on the Farm' fundraiser


National Geographic’s ‘Pond Stars’ reality series features local hosts

National Geographic’s WILD is bringing nature back with its new series “Pond Stars,” a show that plucked its title characters right out of Kane County.


Music, storytelling still keep crowds coming to annual folk fest

GENEVA – Though Sunday started out cloudy and drizzly, it did not stop die-hard folk fans from coming to the second day of the Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival at Island Park in Geneva.


Chit Chat: Batavia author pens successful action tales

The true life story of hijackers who robbed a busload of tourists in Guatemala provided the inspiration for Batavia resident W. Ward Neuman’s first venture into writing a novel.


Fine Line celebrates 35 years with dinner, concert

ST. CHARLES – Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will celebrate its 35-year anniversary with two events in one day.


Author to host book-signing event at Barnes & Noble

GENEVA – Author Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz will host a book-signing event Saturday, Aug. 23, at Barnes & Noble in Geneva.


Donny and Marie to take Paramount stage

Brother and sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond have been entertaining crowds for 50 years.


‘Collateral Damage’ exhibit coming to ECC

ELGIN – An exhibition featuring the work of award-winning documentary photographers will be on display from Friday, Aug. 15, through Thursday, Sept. 25, at Elgin Community College.


St. Charles Arts Council seeks artists for neXt pop-up gallery

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Arts Council will present the neXt gallery – a pop-up art gallery program – in September.


Peace Corps volunteer to show photos at Arcedium Coffeehouse

ST. CHARLES – Arcedium Coffeehouse in St. Charles will host an exhibit of 33 photographs taken by St. Charles architect Mike Dixon during his three years as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. The exhibit will run through Sunday, Aug. 10.


One-of-a-Kind Trunk Show to visit Fine Line

ST. CHARLES – The Fine Line Creative Arts Center’s Trunk Show will feature American fiber artist John Marshall, who will bring textiles bearing designs created with his katazome work, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 25, in Fine Line’s Kavanagh Gallery, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles.


In the write place: Documentary to feature St. Charles Writers Group

Batavia resident Stacy Chambers started reading her short story...


Art historian to present 'Monuments Men' lecture at library

“The Monuments Men: Saving Europe’s Treasures” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 21...


Museum to host Route 66 themed Quilt, Textile Show

Visitors at the Batavia Depot Museum’s eighth annual Quilt and Textile Show will have an opportunity...


Waubonsee Voices: Enjoy free artwork year-round at Waubonsee

Summer brings a wealth of opportunities for getting out and experiencing all the region has to offer. While concerts abound and carnivals beckon, some of our favorite summertime options can be found in the area’s parks and galleries, where works of local artists find an audience in public art fairs and shows.


Chit chat: Batavia yoga teacher featured in new book

Batavia yoga teacher Linda Karl believes that yoga can help a person in every part of his or her life.


Artists, St. Charles businesses team up for Art Around the Corner

The Downtown St. Charles Partnership is hosting the fifth annual Art Around the Corner in downtown St. Charles. ...


Norris extends ‘Wine of Life’ art show; sets auction fundraiser for Aug. 15

ST. CHARLES  – The Norris Cultural Arts Center has announced the extension through Aug. 30 of its current gallery exhibit, “The Wine of Life,” a one-man show featuring the paintings and photographs of St. Charles artist Nick Freeman. The show originally was scheduled to close on July 5. 




St. Charles girl takes 2nd place in nationwide art contest

The artwork of an 11-year-old St. Charles girl will be seen by thousands, thanks to a nationwide poster contest.


St. Charles twins provide creative force behind comic label

Twin brothers Tom and Kevin Martin, 22, provide the creative force behind the comic label Hypno Brain Comics....


Sculpture dedicated to visionary

The “If I Could But Fly” sculpture was created in memory of the late Bob Leonard, who was one of the visionaries behind ...


Local watercolor artist to exhibit at Holmstad

BATAVIA – The Holmstad, a faith-based, nonprofit retirement community, will host an artist’s reception for Aurora artist Rosemary Smillie from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, in the Town Center Gallery, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia.


Art is ‘The Wine of Life’

Nineteenth-century novelist Jean Paul Richter once said that, “Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.” ...


Fine Line to host arts festival in June

Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will host its Fine Line Arts Festival – formerly Raku Day – in June. ...


Wine and canvas studio to open in Geneva

A wine and canvas studio is headed to Geneva, with an opening planned next week for The Chilled Palette, at 500 S. Third St....



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